People Strategy 

Optimize the return on your most valuable asset, your people.

We want to help you harness the power of your team so bold ideas emerge and your business flourishes.

People Strategy 

Optimize the return on your most valuable asset, your people.

We want to help you harness the power of your team so bold ideas emerge and your business flourishes.

The Essentials to Effective People Strategy 

We come alongside teams and leaders to help create truly transformative cultures. Cultures that inspire growth, lean into the strengths of each team member, that align with the purpose and core values of the company and that execute at the highest of levels.

Success, profit, and impact as a company start with engaged people and healthy teams.

Hire the Right People

You gain a trusted team by your side with collective decades of experience in hiring the right people. Our process utilizes behavioral interviews and hiring assessments that guide you in selective top talent with the right acumen to grow your team to its peak potential.

Healthy Culture

Our team is trained in a variety of assessment tools and coaching models which we employ in a tailored approach for each team. We believe in the power of development and help you design specific development plans tailored for each employee that build growth paths, predict big results and equip your team to perform at their peak potential.

Invest in Your People

Our team is trained in a variety of assessment tools and coaching models which we employ in a tailored approach for each team. We believe in the power of development and help you design specific development plans tailored for each employee that build growth paths, predict big results and equip your team to perform at their peak potential.

Performance Feedback

Whether you’re a team of two, a distributed team or have a flat organization, understanding how to have courageous conversations, sharing direct feedback and building trust are the cornerstone of a healthy team. We help design simple, yet effective performance appraisal systems so employees are heard as well as challenged.

Courageous Leadership

Daring leaders are self-aware, know how to have hard conversations, hold themselves and others accountable, build trust, lead with empathy and connection, take smart risks that lead to innovation, reset quickly after disappointments and setbacks, and give and receive feedback – especially when it’s tough.

Leadership Coaching

Leading people can be hard. Our team is dedicated to delivering long-term sustainable transformation in you and your team.  We serve as your confidant and coach to help you be the best leader possible.

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Why a Virtual HR Strategist Could be Ideal for Your Company

Whether it’s a weekly retainer engagement or a short-term customized package, we offer a consultant who serves as a virtual Human Resource Director who comes alongside the leaders of entrepreneurial organizations to help them maintain a strong culture and build a productive team. The cost of hiring a full-time Chief Human Resource Officer can range from $175,000 to over $480,000 per year, plus vacations, bonuses, and other benefits. This cost can be significant for new and growing businesses, but there’s a better way! We’re your partners in helping outsource many of your human resource needs.
Let’s Put the Human Back in Human Resources!

Healthy, high performing companies experience 21% greater profitability and 17% greater productivity.

If you know an accountant, you know that they hate change.  And, running a distributed CPA firm of 40 professionals is the definition of change to the highest degree.  So, from day one our focus at Summit CPA Group was to build an amazing team culture around such a unique business structure. As you could probably guess, having a distributed team presents both challenges and incredible opportunities. Navigate the Journey has helped put action to this vision giving us objective data and strategies to improve team engagement. The NTJ team are our trusted advisers helping us think intentionally around people strategy and coaching our leaders to think better around client and team engagements. Jody Grunden

CEO, Summit CPA Group

I’m a big believer in Traci’s ability to get teams and businesses to embrace calm, thoughtful and collaborative practices which drive significantly greater efficiency and effectiveness.  Traci invests in candidly understanding goals, challenges and advantages and then crafting strategies that are manageable, consistent, thorough and ongoing.  I think she is a great asset for any business, but particularly a young business with a unique offering and a sense of mission. Kevin Williamson

President, Compass Mortgage

I have worked side by side with Zach on both functional and cross functional teams. Zach is both caring and strategic while gently exerting his influence and authority. I trust his instincts and knowledge to guide conversations and processes to healthy and respectful solutions. Gary Vlk

Vice President & Co-Founder, One Smooth Stone

The 5 Top Challenges of Human Resources

Finding The Right People For The Right Seats

We work with leaders to determine what structure will be best support their strategy and then assess candidates whether internal or external for those roles.  Our methods and expertise help you hire or promote the right person the first time reducing costs and needless turnover.

Growing Team Members As Leaders

We work with owners to identify key leaders in the organization that can be coached and groomed as leaders providing growth opportunities even in relatively flat organizations.  We help take leaders from good to great.

No Consistent Feedback Loops So Employees Feel Heard And Managers See Growth And Change.

We work to develop simple but effective performance appraisals and feedback loop systems.  Employees feel heard and recognized while understanding the goals they need to meet for future performance.  We also work with employees so they understand their blind spots and become better team members.

Core Values Are Words On A Wall Not Incorporated And Operationalized In Culture

We help teams take their core values and operationalize them into the daily actions of the team.  We work to strengthen culture while avoiding group-think and maintaining creativity and innovation.

Team Is Not Aligned And Passionate About Company Mission And Value

We help owners communicate vision and mission on a regular basis.  We help you to set clear goals and expectations while working to get the team aligned and passionate about the exciting destination that lay ahead for the company!

3 Steps to Optimize The Performance of Your People

1. Discovery Call

We ask questions to understand your objectives and identify people issues that are holding your business back.

2. Create An Actionable HR Plan

We devise a HR Strategic Plan that can be put into action immediately to achieve your stated objectives and goals.

3. Bring your new HR Strategist Onboard and See Results

We serve as your vHR Strategist through onboarding, connecting with your team and implementing your HR Strategic Plan.

People Strategy Blog

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The Importance of Self-Awareness in Leadership

You’ve likely experienced being on a team with a leader that lacks self-awareness. They’re the type that have a difficult time recognizing how their emotions, words and behaviors affect other people. They tend to have difficulty engaging the hearts and minds of those around them. They also usually have a hard time empathizing with others, […]

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